15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Belgrade
Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  21​h 45​min
Belgrade

2
days
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 2nd (Fri), view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and finally look for gifts at Sea Hag Clothing. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

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Belgrade, Serbia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Belgrade to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Belgrade in February: high temperatures in Playas del Coco hover around 39°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
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Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

2
days
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 4th (Sun), stop by Souvenir Rosewood, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Theme Park, then stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Tours, #Shopping
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Children's Eternal Rain Forest ©
Children's Eternal Rain Forest
Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

2
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
days
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical
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Spas & Wellness

2
days
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and design of Universidad de Costa Rica and then admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Jose travel route planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

1
day
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara visit planner .

You can fly from San Jose to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In February, Nosara is a bit warmer than San Jose - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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